John Baez - University of California Riverside

Professor: John Baez
Department: Mathematics
College: University of California Riverside
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH009B
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He gives tons of in class clicker questions every day. I wouldn't take the class again because of the insane amount of homework + the amount of in class questions. Don't take this class if you are also taking other difficult classes. The midterm was similar to the practice test and the class is manageable, but there's so much busywork.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH9B
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If math isn't your thing, take this professor. The practice final and midterm are almost identical to the real thing. Clicker questions are easy points and if you miss them, you get negative points. Very nice and helpful professor. I suck at math but this professor really helps you understand concepts.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH009B
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly, Professor Baez is one of those rare instructors that will be such a good experience you'll remember him for years to come. You're going to have to go to class for the random clicker questions. Study for the midterm and final as they make up most of your grade. He makes sure you understand what he is teaching and tries his best to explain.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CALC009B
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you're someone who struggles with calculus, the clicker quizzes (expect them every lecture) will be a real challenge. STUDY HARD for the midterm and final. They make up 55% of your grade. Just knowing how to do the problems on the study guide isn't good enough, you need to know how to do any/every example from lecture. DO THE HOMEWORK!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH9B
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His grading scale is the best I have ever seen. It helps the students pass even if the subject is hard. Make sure you go to class and do the HW and you will pass. Gives amazing lectures.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 009B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you are having difficulty with Calc 9B then take this professor. The clicker quizzes really helped me understand where I was having difficulty and what the correct next steps were which made a tremendous difference for me. He is also super smart and funny.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH009B
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took Professor Baez for Math009B and I think he has not taught this course in a long time. Anyways, he is a very smart individual, the class was great and easy in my opinion I just think he did not really want to reteach integrals. Overall, it was simply harder at the end but manageable. I would take any class with him again.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH10A
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lecture was mandatory but always amusing and fun to be in. He is a passionate mathematician that enjoys teaching the class and is always happy to assist you if you need extra help.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH010A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Final was kinda nonsense, wish it pertained to more of the homework we have done, but most of it was fair. His lectures were hilarious. I am happy to take a class with a very renown math professor. It is worth your time to write down the derivations he does, they may come up on exams.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH10A
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This guy is the goofiest professor I've ever had. He starts his lectures with a cool math theorem, and then blasts right on through to vectors/gradients/etc. The midterm and final are almost exactly like the practice ones he gives you. And 40% of your grade is dependent on clickers + homework. I've never had clickers in Math, until I met Mr. Baez.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH121
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is an amazing professor who obviously has a lot of passion for mathematics and teaching. His lectures are fun and engaging. He explains everything slowly and in depth so there is no confusion. He gives easy clicker quizzes both during lecture and discussion. His tests were easy, and it shouldn't be hard to get an A in his class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH46
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Easy A!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH146A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Baez is very enthusiastic about his teaching and incorporates humor into his teaching. Attendance was mandatory for this class (you would receive negative points for not showing up for a quiz in lecture), but the quizzes were very simple. He explains concepts thoroughly, and holds review sessions to help you prepare for exams. Great professor.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH10A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Although he's a total dork, Baez is AMAZING! He really cares about math and it shows. You don't need the book because he explains everything perfectly. There are some quizzes, but he usually does similar examples before. Highly recommended!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH10A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This guy is amazing. he is he best teacher i have ever had. makes things really easy only reason i got a B in his class was cuz i forgot to do some hw and I didnt remember how to do some things on the quizzes. if you take him dont buy the book he gives you everythig you"ll need. look over the stuff from lecture and do your hw and you'll get an A.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH9B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a great professor! He is very clear and his exams are pretty simple. I definitely recommend taking him!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH9B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is the most amazing math professor I have ever had in my life. He really does care about his students and tries to help you without making you feel stupid. His tests are ridiculously EASY. Definitely take him if you get the chance.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH136
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's ok just try your best lecture are good quizzes are easy, also he curves at the end pretty fair just do ALL your homeworks they are worth alot
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH46
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
he was a great professor! he does not require you to come to class, but you HAVE to go! seriously! b/c he gives pop quizzes during class if not enought pple show up, and if u miss it, he gives you negative score. it's not even a zero! so just go and write ur name, u'll do fine, but seriously, if u miss those quizzes highest grade u can get is a B.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH46
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a good teacher, definitely take him instead of Guam for 46.
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